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The number of undergraduate degrees in engineering awarded by colleges and universities in the United States increased by more than twice from 1978 to 1985.


(A) increased by more than twice

(B) increased more than two times

(C) more than doubled

(D) was more than doubled

(E) had more than doubled


Please compare TWICE with DOUBLE with INCREASE.

Choice A is faulty because an adverb such as twice cannot function as an object of the preposition by.

B distorts the sentence’s meaning, stating that the number of engineering degrees conferred increased on more than two distinct occasions.

D’s passive verb was…doubled suggests without warrant that some unnamed agent increase the number of engineering degrees.

The past perfect tense in E, had… doubled, is inappropriate unless the increase in engineering degrees is specifically being viewed as having occurred further back in the past than some subsequent event.

Choice C is best.

Originally posted by lexis on 16 Jun 2008, 12:06.
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The number of undergraduate degrees in engineering awarded by colleges and universities in the United States increased by more than twice from 1978 to 1985.
(A) increased by more than twice
(B) increased more than two times
(C) more than doubled
(D) was more than doubled
(E) had more than doubled


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(A) increased by more than twice : Twice is an adverb and it cannot be an object of by which is a preposition and by requires a noun in place of an adverb.

(B) increased more than two times : When the number of degrees "increased more than two times," that means over the period of 1978 to 1985, it has gone up at least twice: maybe in 1980 and then in 1981. The other times, it has stayed steady or gone down.

(C) more than doubled : doubled is used correctly in the simple past and is correct.

D & E . incorrect use of tenses in both the cases.
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The number of undergraduate degrees in engineering awarded by colleges and universities in the United States increased by more than twice from 1978 to 1985.
(A) increased by more than twice
(B) increased more than two times
(C) more than doubled
(D) was more than doubled
(E) had more than doubled



OA: c.....i doubt it has no verb..pls explain


The trick here is to skip the "not so important" part of the sentence. We can then write the sentence as The number of undergraduate degrees ...from 1978 to 1985

Lets find error in each of the options-
A) increased by more than twice - It should be either "increased by more than two times" or "increased more than twice". A is unidiomatic.
B) increased more than two times - Similarly, B is unidiomatic.
D) was more than doubled - Unneccessary form of "to be"
E) had more than doubled - Unnecessary change in tense to Past Perfect.

C) more than doubled - Best Answer choice since it is precise and conveys the message in the simplest way. "doubled" is the verb.

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I think C.

Twice means how many times something happens. It can also be used like "Joe has twice the peanuts that Sally has." Used like the second sentence here will be "twice" with regard to something else. Not "by twice".

Doubled is a verb (in the past tense of "double"). "He doubled the recipe." When something is doubled, there is now 2 times the amount, or 200%, or a 100% increase, etc.

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The number of undergraduate degrees in engineering awarded by colleges and universities in the United
States increased by more than twice from 1978 to 1985.
(A) increased by more than twice
"twice" refers to something in a sequence. Like "He hit me twice." "It happened twice." "It increased twice" but not "by twice".
(B) increased more than two times
This is correct grammar, but not the original meaning of the sentence. I think this sentence means the number went up more than double. Increasing more than two times means the number of times it increased, not by how much it increased.
(C) more than doubled
Correct.
(D) was more than doubled
Something can't be more than doubled. It can be more than double [that of some other number]. This is incorrect.
(E) had more than doubled
The logical word following this phrase is "since _____" not "from".

Please compare TWICE with DOUBLE with INCREASE.

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the question here is whether to attach a helping verb (like a be verb (is, was, were) or auxillary verb (has, have, had)).
so do we say "number was more than doubled" or "number more than doubled"

Here is my understanding, generally you attach helping verb to put a specific time frame to the verb, by putting "was" in the sentence you will be saying that this action happened in the past, but even with out using "was" we are getting that meaning because we have a specific time period 1975 -1989.
So no need to use "was"

hope this makes sense
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The number of undergraduate degrees in engineering awarded by colleges and universities in the United States increased by more than twice from 1978 to 1985.

(A) increased by more than twice

(B) increased more than two times

(C) more than doubled

(D) was more than doubled

(E) had more than doubled


Choice A is faulty because an adverb such as twice cannot function as an object of the preposition by.

B distorts the sentence’s meaning, stating that the number of engineering degrees conferred increased on more than two distinct occasions.

D’s passive verb was…doubled suggests without warrant that some unnamed agent increase the number of engineering degrees.

The past perfect tense in E, had… doubled, is inappropriate unless the increase in engineering degrees is specifically being viewed as having occurred further back in the past than some subsequent event.

Choice C is best.
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The number of undergraduate degrees in engineering awarded by colleges and universities in the United
States increased by more than twice from 1978 to 1985.
(A) increased by more than twice
(B) increased more than two times
(C) more than doubled
(D) was more than doubled
(E) had more than doubled



OA: c.....i doubt it has no verb..pls explain


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The number of undergraduate degrees in engineering awarded by colleges and universities in the united states increased by more than twice from 1978 to 1987.

A)Increased by more than twice
B)increased more than two times
C)more than doubled
D)was more than doubled
E)had more than doubled


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I have a doubt in C as I rejected it because I thought doubled is modifier here since the number is not doer of the action double

Hi teaserbae.

Actually, in the correct version, "number" is the subject, "doubled" is the main verb, and the number performed the action "doubled."

The relationship between the subject, "number," and the main verb, "doubled," is easier to see in an abridged version of the sentence.

    The number of undergraduate degrees ... doubled from 1978 to 1985.

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'Increased two times' can be replaced by a single word 'doubled'.
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(A) increased by more than twice

(B) increased more than two times

(C) more than doubled

(D) was more than doubled

(E) had more than doubled

Answer- C
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I have a doubt in C as I rejected it because I thought doubled is modifier here since the number is not doer of the action double
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I am still not able to get how to choose C over B in this question, Can any one explain.
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B. Increased more than two times.

Here the verb is increased.

C. More than doubled

Here the verb is doubled

Both of them convey the same meaning.
C is more concise. B is the wordy way of saying.
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Hi Ayush1692,

How we can determine that B is wordy?

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B. Increased more than two times.

Here the verb is increased.

C. More than doubled

Here the verb is doubled

Both of them convey the same meaning.
C is more concise. B is the wordy way of saying.
I hope it helps.

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